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Morning Meditation and Circling
8:45 – 10 a.m. CT
Every day of the week
Are you wanting to create and sustain a meditation practice, while receiving community support and accountability in the process? Do you want a space to refine and improve your Circling skills while bringing more meaningful connection into your life?
How it works…
We spend the first 30 minutes in silent self-guided meditation, after which time we do an Organic Circle for 30 minutes. You’re free to just come for the meditation, or to stay for both. Start your day off with presence and connection!
Authentic Relating Games
7 – 8 p.m.
A.R. Games invite us to delve deeper into ourselves and our relationships with others in a joyful and loving way and form meaningful, lasting connections. They are a safe, fun, and powerful way to practice skills like empathy, compassion, and listening. Attendees have called Games “A playful way to shed light on the subtext and motivations in our interactions” and “The act of namaste”.
We’ll begin the night with a few Agreements to create as safe a container as possible for genuine Connection. Then we’ll play a few AR Games as a big group or in breakout groups, and wrap up with a short debrief. Come play with us!
The Art of Circling Practice Group
1 – 2 p.m. CT
Wednesdays and Fridays
This event is one in a series based on the book “The Art of Circling: 37 Practices for Deepening Your Relating Skills,” by Bryan Bayer. The Art of Circling is a practical guide to having profound group conversations. We’ll read through the practices, week by week, discussing and then trying each skill out in a birthday circle experience.
If you haven’t experienced circling before, please attend at least one event on Authentic World prior to starting with this group. Drop in attendance is welcome if you’re only drawn to some of the events, or you can join us for the entire series.
2 – 3:15 p.m. CT
The first Monday of each month
These calls are a place to ask questions, get support, share best practices, and connect. Leaders who attend say they feel inspired and rejuvenated afterwards. Anyone who is a leader or facilitator in Authentic Relating, Circling, or other relational community is welcome to join.
Are you founding a community? Part of one and wanting to support more? Just interested in this whole “getting together with other people” thing? Every month we bring in a different community leader to give background on how they’ve created their group and how you can do the same, with a Q&A to follow. Come get your Qs removed and geek out on how to make the social and emotional connections you’ve always wanted.
T Group and Organic Circling
1 – 2 p.m. CT
A T-group or training group (sometimes also referred to as sensitivity-training group, human relations training group or encounter group) is a form of group training where participants themselves (typically, between eight and 15 people) learn about themselves (and about small group processes in general) through their interaction with each other. T-group is conducive to increased self-awareness and a deepened understanding of group dynamics.
Triad Birthday Circling
1 – 2 p.m. CT
We do a brief check in to start, then break into groups of three, in which each person gets a chance to be birthday Circled for 15 minutes.
Circling involves practicing using our genuine curiosity to better understand and become a connoisseur of another person’s world though present moment awareness, while breaking through the assumptions and projections we have about each other. Triad circling is a great place to practice your circling, and also get some focused attention.
Topical Circling Night with Dr. HazelGrace Yates
7:45 – 9 p.m. CT
Circling looks like having a conversation with others about the things that matter to us the most. In this evening, we’ll spend over an hour having that kind of conversation!
Currently, the theme of Wednesdays is Sex and Intimacy, facilitated by Dr. HazelGrace Yates. Join us as we bring curiosity about our sexual selves to the practice of circling! We will engage with different practices such as organic circling, birthday circling, turbo circling, and Heart Seat. HazelGrace Yates, who has a Ph.D. in Human Sexuality and is a Relationship and Sex Coach, will facilitate these evenings. Other AW facilitators may join some evenings to assist.
Embodied Presence Circling with Danny Morris
1 – 2:30 p.m. CT
In these circles, we’ll explore the intersection of meditation and circling. We will learn different meditation techniques that allow us to embody different qualities of presence. In the circle we will continue to actively practice those techniques to see if it shifts what shows up in the space between us. Our presence and how we pay attention affects our interactions just as much as what we say.
Danny Morris has been a student and facilitator of Unified Mindfulness for 10 years. He was a resident and assistant director of the Monastic Academy, the only modern monastery to explicitly integrate the training of awakening and responsibility. He has spent over 600 days in full-time retreat and has put in over 10,000 hours of time exploring direct awareness.
Office Hours with Sara Ness
11 a.m. – 12 p.m. CT
You can bring your questions, topics, or anything you’d like to play with, and it may or may not make it onto the show! In absence of other inspiration, Sara will make up some interactive adventure exploring concepts pulled from her full-time Authentic Relating career in businesses, communities, writing, and teaching.
Sara Ness is an exuberant community creator and facilitator, co-founder of the Houston and Austin Authentic communities. She calls herself “an instigator of authenticity, ninja of connection, and awkward turtle of social situations.” Sara compiled the AR Games Manual, has led hundreds of events of every kind, and coaches leaders across the world on how to lead Authentic Relating groups and events. She travels across North America spreading a revolution of authentic communication, and teaches facilitation in Austin, Texas. You can find out more about Sara at www.authrev.com.